Faster, better Wi-Fi is coming

The Wi-Fi Alliance industry group has started certifying products that can deliver multi-gigabit speeds and improved coverage, it announced in its new certification programme.

The programme will focus on Wave 2 features of the 802.11ac specification, and includes “several important features” not currently available in the Wi-Fi standard , reported Ars Technica.

One of the features is MU-MIMO (multi-user, multiple-input, and multiple-output), which lets wireless access points send data streams to a minimum of three users simultaneously.

“Without MU-MIMO, routers stream to one device at a time but switch between them very fast so that users don’t notice a slowdown except when lots of devices are on the network,” stated Ars Technica.

Other Wave 2 features include 160MHz channel bandwidth, which boosts throughput of single data streams from 433Mbps to 866Mbps. Four simultaneous streams will be supported.

Wave 2 also brings support for more channels in the 5GHz range.

The report noted that devices which support the Wave 2 features have been available since 2014, but that the certification programme will ensure greater compatibility between devices.

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